Movie Questions

All of my books have been at various times optioned to become movies; some have moved further in the process than others, but only The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns have been made into movies. Paper Towns will be released in 2015 and The Fault in Our Stars was released in theaters on June 6, 2014 in the United States, and is now available on DVD. You can watch the trailer for The Fault in Our Stars below:

As for the other books:

Q. Looking for Alaska movie? I can haz? Nao plz?
A. The rights to the Looking for Alaska movie are owned by Paramount, which hired Josh Schwartz to write and direct the film. Josh wrote an excellent screenplay adaptation of the book, a screenplay which I desperately loved, but there was no enthusiasm for that kind of movie at Paramount, and so far as I know, there still isn’t. Paramount will probably still own the rights to LFA when my initial readers grow up and become famous film executives; hopefully then someone will make it, hopefully with Josh’s script, which I continue to love. Anyway, it could get made at any time, but I don’t know anything more than that.

Q. Katherines movie?
A. An Abundance of Katherines was optioned by a small production company that in the end couldn’t get a movie together; we’re now working with a different production company with the hopes of setting it up somewhere, but that’s a long way off.

Q. Paper Towns movie?
A. The rights to Paper Towns were optioned by Mandate Pictures (which made Juno), and I was hired to write the screenplay. I worked hard on the script for much of 2009, but in the end Mandate didn’t feel they had the kind of screenplay they could shoot. So it goes.

Q. Will Grayson, Will Grayson?
A. WGWG has not been optioned. (To quote a real live movie producer who really said this about Will Grayson, Will Grayson, “The only thing Hollywood hates more than smart teenagers is smart, gay teenagers.” I hope Hollywood will prove this movie producer wrong someday.)

Q. I would like to audition to be in the movie of your book?
A. Should Hollywood ever greenlight any of my other books, and should there be an open casting call, I will definitely let you know on the blog and in a video and on twitter and so on. But it should be noted that I have exactly as much say in casting as you do.

Q. How much did you change in the Paper Towns screenplay?
A. A lot. (For one thing, the ending was completely different.) I’ve always believed that a movie CAN’T be faithful to a book, because a book is something that happens in conversation between a writer and a reader, whereas a movie is mostly something you look at. So, like, trying to render the people and events of a novel on screen is impossible, I think, because you’ll only end up with some poor approximation of the magic of the book. So in the end I’d rather make a good movie than a faithful one, which is what I tried to do. I wanted the ideas of the book to be preserved, but mostly I just want the movie to be good.

Q. Where should I send a screenplay to get it produced?
A. If I had a reliable answer to that question, I’d have gotten my own screenplay produced. I’m sorry to say I have absolutely no idea how one goes about submitting screenplays.

{ 219 comments… read them below or add one }

Scathach December 19, 2014 at 10:26 am

Dear Mr.Green,
I am still working on my novel right now
and i’m totally inspired by some of your
novels.But Mr.Green…i have a special question for you.The first is about what are the steps to publish a script to a publisher(would you mind to tell me about your publisher)The second is about The Fault in Our Stars : would you tell me how’s the process when they asked for your script to be adapted into a movie?The Publisher called you first or what?


evi December 21, 2014 at 10:57 am

Dear mr.Green
I’m from Greece and just a month ago LFA was published here(in greek) i’m looking for the rest of your boooks translated but i can not find anything at all. Can you tell me please if you know something about that.. I really want to read the books(especially paper towns) but i’m afraid that in english i will not understand much…
Thanks a lot


Mira January 17, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Hey, I’m Greek too and as far as I’ve seen the only translated books are TFiOS and Alaska. Having said that, I have all of John’s books in English. I find the language quite plain and I’ve given the books to many of my friends, many of whose English language skills are lower than mine (I have a proficiency) and they didn’t had much trouble. Generally Young Adult books don’t use complex language cause teens speak simply. Hope I helped!


Hi December 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

I have heard rumors of the Looking For Alaska movie. It seems like it is happening (I have heard Zac Efron is playing Chip/Coronel, Kaya Scodelario is playing Alaska, Logan Lerman is playing Miles/Pudge, and Candice Accola is playing Lara. Do you know when it is being made And if any of those rumors are true?


Bethany Barnes December 31, 2014 at 4:20 am

Dear John Green,
While I was watching “The Fault in our Stars” (let me mind you that I have watched it multiple times), in the scene where Augustus, Hazel, and Hazel’s mother were waiting for their flight, there was a little girl who asked Hazel what’s in her nose. The little girl’s father looked similar , and I keep continuously thought to myself that it was you. I could be wrong, or I could be right…either way it’s driving me off the walls. I have tried to searched my answer, but it’s not too easy. If you wouldn’t mind and you please tell me if you have a snippet part in the movie?


youmna January 13, 2015 at 7:33 pm

Yes, he was the one


Bethany Barnes January 15, 2015 at 9:59 am

Thank you!:)


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Samantha Villafana January 9, 2015 at 7:17 pm

An Abundance Of Katherines Was Simply Amazing, And The Most Interesting And Fascinating Book I Have Ever Read! I Was Really Hoping To Find A Movie. I Recommend This Book For So Much Of My To Read!


Samantha Villafana January 9, 2015 at 7:19 pm

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Rachael January 11, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Dear Mr John Green,
Much like Hazel and Augustus’s curiosity of what happens to the hamster and the Dutch tulip man in an Imperial Affliction from the Fault in our stars, I also have a question that has been on my mind for much time since reading the book, so I wonder will you answer it? How long after Augustus Waters dies, does Hazel Grace die too?


Mira January 18, 2015 at 1:32 pm

I think he’s answered that before and he has sad Hazel dies a year later, but I’m not entirely sure if that’s correct


Diane January 17, 2015 at 3:47 am

Dear Mr.Green,
My name is Diane, I’m 17 y.o. (I know, it doesn’t matter for you, but…)
It so important question and I don’t know where I can write you.
It’s about LFA book (my favorite book). This story has changed my life and we’re also so alike with Alaska Young.
And now I need to ask you for one thing. Only one. It’s matter of life and death. I literally could DIE if I won’t talk to you as soon as possible.
PLEASE answer me!
My e-mail – (I check it every freaking day)
Hope you’ll help me.


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